BUG: Bournemouth University Global Environmental Solutions

BU Global Environmental Solutions (BUG) is a consulting arm of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University, located within the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences. They provide a unique blend of academic and practical expertise to address global ecological issues; developing sustainable solutions to support industry and regulators alike.

BUG’s core staff are internationally recognised leaders in their respective fields of research and, supported by a comprehensive laboratory and field monitoring capability, we provide our clients with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for ecological monitoring and scientific advisory services. Our holistic approach to ecosystem assessment covers terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and coastal environments.

For more information, visit their website: BUG

Department of Life and Environmental Science receives Gold award for Green Impact

BU’s Department of Life and Environmental Science (LES) has received a Gold award for Green Impact, after taking part in the Green Impact challenge back in 2015.

Green Impact Universities and Colleges is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme delivered by the NUS, in partnership with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

It aims to empower people and their departments to take action on sustainability and reward them for their environmental efforts within their workplace. 

The award covers measurable actions relating to topics around sustainability – including communication, travel, recycling, and energy – and the number of actions completed correlates to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. 

Main activities included promoting the opportunities that BU offers staff to enhance sustainability, such as water saving, Green Week, and sustainable travel; and the identification and documentation of the five most significant negative environmental impacts and suggestions for solutions in the coming year. 

We would like to congratulate the team and the department on this for their hard work and persistence over the last 4 years.

Family Science Festival

Family Science Festival

We are excited to announce that on Sunday 17th March 2019 we will be hosting the first Family Science Festival in Dorchester.

We have invited scientists to bring a range of interactive activities. Bring along all the family and check out the pop-up museum, handle bugs, observe living microbes, augment your reality, identify fossils, and much more!

The event is suitable for all ages, with open access and free entry

The festival will run from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm at The Corn Exchange, Dorchester

If you have any further questions please contact us via email:
Professor Genoveva Esteban gesteban@borunemouth.ac.uk or Katie Thomspon  thompsonk@bournemouth.ac.uk 



BU2025: A new vision

Bournemouth University 2025 (BU2025) vision has been released. BU2025 is the next step in BU’s development, building on our success. We have retained the core of what makes BU different, and the culture and approach that our students and staff value.

Our values

We strive for excellence in everything that we do.

We value and respect diversity and act to ensure that we are inclusive.

We are imaginative, innovative and create solutions to problems.

We take responsibility for the impact of our actions and focus our activity as a learning community on making a positive contribution to society.

Fusion themes

Fusion themes for BU2025 are the following:

• Business & Economic Sustainability

• Digital & Technological Futures

• Environment, Culture & Heritage

• Global Security

• Health & Wellbeing

To find out more about BU2025 including outcomes and strategic plans, you can visit Bournemouth University online or view the pdf leafet here: BU2025

What is the DCDA?

What is the DCDA?

The DCDA is an extensive archive, hosting a great diversity of photographs, newspaper articles, aerial images and historical maps of the Dorset coast as far back as 1740. This work is a centrepiece for knowledge exchange on how areas have developed over time through a visual representation. The archive promotes information and an understanding of how the Dorset coast has changed over time, including how the coastal morphology has evolved, how biodiversity has changed and how settlements and society have developed. The archive contains over 20,000 images, which have been grouped into the following categories:

Physical changes to the Coast

Dorset’s coastal and marine habitats include some of Britain’s rarest species, but also a wide range of more common species. Maritime heathlands, salt marsh, estuaries, cliffs and landslides, lagoons, rocky shores, sand beaches and dunes, submarine rock ledges and gravel banks together form a very diverse and productive ecosystem. Most of what we know comes from charts, divers and underwater photography.

Settlements and Society

Maps and estate plans in the archive record the growth of settlements on the coast from the sixteenth century onwards. Most large estates were established by the sixteenth century. Medieval legal cases explain some of these patterns of growth. The sea’s presence affects the suitability of sites for occupation and development. Marine commerce and trade have been important throughout this coast’s history.

Managing the coast

Dorset’s marine and coastal environments are its principal environmental and economic assets. The sea is used for tourism and recreation, fisheries, education, mineral extraction, transport and waste disposal. These all have impacts on Dorset’s marine environment. With increasing pressure on the coast, management of Dorset’s marine resources is a constant challenge.

The main categories have been broken down into further groups to enhance the accessibility of the images. The archive will promote information and an understanding of how the Dorset coast has changed over time, including how the coastal morphology has evolved, how biodiversity has changed, and how society and settlements have developed. The collaboration with the Wessex Portal and Channel Coast Observatory has made it possible for this fantastic resource to be accessible online, available to a wider audience. The project has been led by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University, and funded by the Valentine Charitable Trust. We hope that this archive will be a valuable tool for teaching and to the public’s viewing pleasure and personal research into their local past.

The full DCDA is now hosted on the Channel Coast Observatory website and can be accessed by this link: DCDA

Sample images can be found in the Gallery and on our social media sites

Any questions regarding the project can be addressed to:Professor Genoveva Esteban gesteban@bournemouth.ac.uk
Research Assistant Katie Thompson kthompson@bournemouth.ac.uk

Manure moving day

On the 4th April, we were able to start loading all the boys cubicles with the manure that had been collected earlier in March. All 10 IBC containers in the boys cubicles had been secures and piping attached. 1000 litres of both cow and goat manure had been collected and left for microbial reactions to take place, where methane bubbles were being produced. It is essential that we loaded some of the containers with the manure so that the microbial reaction that causes the methane to be produced could be kick started. Take a look here:

Turd nerds assemble

During the first few days at the school, both the art project and toilet construction excelled rapidly:

Toilet project:

  • In each cubicle of the boys toilets, the holes for each toilet seat were cut out and seats were installed
  • All 10 IBC containers were moved into the lower tier of the toilet structure and piping was attached

Eco-art project:

  • All sponsored doors had a white base coat, and designs were drawn on and painted
  • Teachers at the school designed a mural for the toilets around that themes that had meaning to them


Many hands make light work

On the 28th March, the UK volunteer team arrived at in Kenya ready to get involved with the toilet project. The initial visit to the school and arrival included working with a group of older students to make devices that will increase the surface area within the digestion tanks. These devices will act as additional surface for the microbes within the digestion tank to attach to.

Green toilets panels are blue

The panels of the toilets were initially going to be painted in three tiers. However, when the steel panels arrived they turned out to be bright blue. The team agreed to keep the colour as the background to the environmental education mural which will feature a tree of life showcasing species from microbes to mammals. The internal panels were also installed and painted with primer. These will be then painted with specific designs for each door that have been designed for each sponsor.

Bournemouth University postgraduate student Katie Thompson will lead the environmental art project, incorporating science and art collaboratively.


23 containers and 300m of piping arrives

The toilet structure design went through a lot of changes before a final plan was confirmed. The final plan was to use a two-tier system with the cubicles on the top level and IBC’s (Intermediate bulk containers) containers collecting waste underneath. There are 23 cubicles in total, with an 1000 litre water tank underneath each. Having an individual tank for each toilet means that if any errors with one, the system can carry on producing gas from the others and any issues can be addressed easily. The piping for the toilets also arrived on site which will link the toilet basin to the IBCs.